Cope Youth welcomes Shilowa's expulsion

2011-02-09 08:01

Johannesburg - Cope's youth movement aligned itself to co-founder Mosiuoa Lekota on Wednesday, saying it welcomed his announcement that his political rival, Mbhazima Shilowa, had been suspended.

"We salute president Lekota for his brave, principled and uncompromising stance in rooting out corrupt elements from within our own house," Congress of the People youth president Nqaba Bhanga said.

"Having studied the judgment, we have the utmost confidence that due process has been followed to the letter of the law," he said.

Lekota announced on Tuesday that an internal disciplinary committee had found Shilowa guilty of wrongfully authorising the transfer of R5m from the parliamentary allowance accounts to Congress of the People (Cope) party accounts, and of submitting the party's financial statements to Parliament knowing that they contained "material misrepresentations".


It also found him guilty of authorising a payment of over R2m for purposes that were not legitimate or permissible.

Parliament acknowledged receipt of a letter from Cope on Tuesday, informing it that Shilowa had consequently been expelled from the party.

"Shilowa used the semi-autonomous bodies of Cope to further his own ends, resulting in Cope Youth Movement becoming an internal opposition to the mother body.

"The politics of systematically sowing division within the party came at the expense of key... activities of the youth movement, and it was fuelled by rampant patronage," Bhanga said.

He said that while it was a relief that Shilowa had been expelled, it was imperative that the party move forward.

'Time for performance'

"Now that many of the... stumbling blocks have been removed from the party, it is time for performance. There can be no more excuses, and we stand ready to serve Cope in the local government election campaign by mobilising the youth vote."

Shilowa has consistently denied his guilt and refused to participate in the disciplinary hearings.

But Shilowa's spokesperson, Sipho Ngwema, dismissed the expulsion announcement as "theatrical frolics" and the "publicity stunts of an attention-seeking, older-order politician". He called on the public to ignore it.

"Cope calls on the public and media to ignore the dramatic antics and inconsequential pronouncements of its former president and leader of Parliament, Mosiuoa Lekota," he said.

  • Smanga - 2011-02-09 08:28

    JOPE! Joke of the People

      Paul - 2011-02-09 09:18

      I wonder if these affirmatives have more than 20 people in their youth league.

  • Gazza Boy - 2011-02-09 08:30

    Bunch of monkeys.

  • DeonL - 2011-02-09 08:44

    It last they are getting theire act together, but don't be surprised if another court case follows.

  • ji - 2011-02-09 08:50

    cant be worse than the ANCYL but still just a bunch of uneducated , lazy morons . get an education , get a job and get a life ,

  • HAYIKE - 2011-02-09 09:17

    Cope was a dead snake from the day it was formed it will still remain a dead snake. No one can brake ANC we are tight as water amandla.

      Paul - 2011-02-09 09:20

      You have succeeded in making Julius Malema look smart.

      Zakhele - 2011-02-09 09:58

      Brilliant one mate. All I can say is that Lekota is welcomed with open arms in the ANC movement. We waiting for you Lekota. Everybody makes mistakes. We all do, eveyday baba Lekota. ANC is your home. Kids will welcome their father home no matter what. See later then baba Lekota. Shilowa: I think you need go start a security company which is what you are good at. I was mistaken thinking your were the force behind Gautrain, but I think you stole Jack van der Merwe's hard work. Buzz off opportunist Shilowa!

  • Bheki - 2011-02-09 09:22

    Next time we here that Lekota has been dismissed from COPE- by Shilowa aligned COPE.

  • Nonbeliever - 2011-02-09 09:26

    This party makes the ANC look intelligent - and that's a miracle in itself.

  • Nonbeliever - 2011-02-09 09:31

    This party makes the ANC look intelligent - and that's a miracle in itself.

  • The-man-who - 2011-02-09 09:42

    a bunch of clowns in the circus called cope

  • changeisGood - 2011-02-09 11:07

    Next is the IFP....

  • Justo - 2011-02-09 15:22

    Shilowa where were you going, see what COPE is doing to you.If you did not leave ANC, you could have had your name written everywhere on the Trains(Shilowa Express and maybe Shilowa street ,I mean Loveday street.Go back Boy.

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